June 27, 2012


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Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced that Griffiss Airport will receive a long-awaited $5.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) via Airport Improvement Program Funding (AIP). The funding was authorized over a year ago when the FAA authorized the County’s design specifications for runway infrastructure and safety improvements, but as of recent was stuck in red-tape. Schumer’s office contacted and pushed the FAA to quickly release the allocated funding that the County was promised, so that it could move forward with its first phase of taxiway rehabilitation on time. The construction project is phase one of a multi-year, multi phase safety improvement project.

“It’s great news that the Griffiss Airport and Oneida County will now receive the long-awaited $5.3 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding, on which runway improvements and approximately 50 construction jobs rely,” said Schumer. “I pushed the FAA to release this previously allocated investment that was caught in red tape so that the Griffiss Airport runway and safety improvements would not be further delayed, and I’m pleased to have helped this revitalizing construction project move forward. The airport is an economic engine for the Mohawk Valley, and these funds are the motor oil that helps keep it running strong.”

“We appreciate the support of the Federal Aviation Administration and their work to get this money to Oneida County,” said County Executive Picente. “The transformation that is taking place at Griffiss is a critical piece of our economic development strategy. Through the work of Sen. Schumer, Congressman Hanna, our County Board of Legislators, and all of our partners, we are maximizing the potential of this asset and moving forward into a new era of opportunity.”

“Today’s announcement represents another significant step forward for Griffiss airport and all of Upstate New York. Griffiss is among the region’s best assets and these investments are critical to its success and ability to leverage economic development. I will also continue to urge the FAA to approve Griffiss for re-entry into the Military Airport Program (MAP) so it can complete a successful transition from military airport to a world-class civil airfield.”

Oneida County and Griffiss Airport received news of the federal funding through the Airport Improvement Program last year, and since then, the County has put out bids for the construction of the runway project. Oneida County needed the funding to be allocated within the month in order to avoid reentering the entire bidding process all over again, which would have delayed this revitalizing project. This construction work is expected to spur the hiring of 50
people in Oneida County, and Schumer and Picente are pleased to have helped move this project forward.

Oneida County Partners